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City trash contracts finalized, residents to receive trashcans by early August

Justin Sellers / The Natchez Democrat — Waste Pro employee Chrishaun Cotton tosses trash into the back of a garbage truck on John’s Lane in Natchez Monday afternoon.
Justin Sellers / The Natchez Democrat — Waste Pro employee Chrishaun Cotton tosses trash into the back of a garbage truck on John’s Lane in Natchez Monday afternoon.

NATCHEZ — The City of Natchez finalized its new trash contracts Monday, and residents could see their new trashcans and recycling bins delivered by early August.

The Natchez Board of Aldermen met briefly to iron out final details of the proposed contracts before Mayor Butch Brown signed the contracts with Waste Pro USA for collection and recycling and Riverbend Environmental Services for disposal.

City Attorney Hyde Carby updated the board on negotiations of the contracts, which will cost the city $9.56 per household monthly for collection and $1.70 per household monthly for recycling for the city’s 6,000 trash customers. The disposal fee will be $14 per ton, with the city averaging 7,000 tons of waste annually.

The customer figure is based on a list of Natchez Water Works customers who pay for water, sewer and trash.

Justin Sellers / The Natchez Democrat — Waste Pro employee Larry White rides on the back of a garbage truck on Smith Street in Natchez Monday afternoon.
Justin Sellers / The Natchez Democrat — Waste Pro employee Larry White rides on the back of a garbage truck on Smith Street in Natchez Monday afternoon.

Carby told the aldermen that the number of customers would likely go up when the new contract goes into effect. The court-ordered deadline for the contract to be signed is Saturday.

That deadline was set after Waste Management, another company vying for the contract, sued the city over the last contract, which was awarded to Waste Pro and later voided by Adams County Circuit Court Judge Forrest “Al” Johnson.

The number of customers will likely go up, Carby said, because Waste Pro feels that it is making more than 6,000 stops. Essentially, Carby said, residents who have not been paying for pickup have been receiving service.

Pick-up payment details for Adams County residents who were annexed into the city but who are still receiving water service from the Adams County Water Association will have to be worked out, Carby said.

Those residents pay ACWA but it is unclear whether ACWA remanded the money its customers paid to them for pickup service the city provides.

Carby said it would be up to Natchez Water Works and ACWA to work out those details.

New trashcans were included in the contract with Waste Pro, and Waste Pro Division Manager Doug Atkins said the company is in the process of ordering green 65-gallon trash cans and blue recycling bins.

The cans and bins will also be stamped with logos of Waste Pro, the city and the Green Alliance.

If all goes as planned, cans and bins could be delivered to residents by Aug. 1. The recycling program will start shortly after the bins are delivered, Atkins said.

Each residence that is paying for trash service through Water Works will receive one can and one recycling bin. If a resident wants a second can or bin, orders can be placed at the Natchez City Clerk’s office. Atkins said the city would determine the price for replacement or secondary cans and bins.

The Green Alliance is assisting Waste Pro in educating the public on recycling information. The non-profit alliance will receive $7,500 annually as outlined in the city’s contract with Waste Pro to help fund its recycling education efforts.